Tokyo to Provide More Aid to Businesses Joining Virus Fight

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Tokyo, May 5 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Tuesday the metropolitan government will provide additional subsidies to businesses that comply with its requests to suspend operations or shorten business hours in efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

The policy was included in measures compiled by the Tokyo government and announced by Koike after the central government decided Monday to extend the nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus through May 31, beyond its initially planned expiration on Wednesday.

The governor said the metropolitan government will keep in place until May 31 its business suspension and cutback requests for amusement facilities and restaurants.

At a news conference, Koike said that the number of new infection cases in Tokyo "still does not allow optimism" as it has not fallen below the levels of late March, when she warned that Tokyo was at a critical juncture of whether it can avoid an explosive increase of infections.

The metropolitan government will first give "cooperation money" of up to one million yen each to small businesses that have accepted its requests to halt operations or shorten business hours until Wednesday. The amount of assistance is 500,000 yen for businesses that operate only one outlet and one million yen for those with more outlets.

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